ERIC Number: ED396486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Thinking about Inclusion and Learning Disabilities: A Teacher's Guide.
This guide focuses on the inclusion of students with learning disabilities (LD) in general classrooms. The booklet is organized around six major concerns: (1) what general education classes are really like (their usual organization, their differences from one another, and their assumptions); (2) what classrooms are like for students with learning disabilities (typical general classroom characteristics as related to common characteristics of LD students); (3) the process of change and restructuring in schools and classrooms (results of changing the usual classroom ecology and structure, and effects on students); (4) difficulties in changing schools and classrooms; (5) the needs of students with learning disabilities (questions to consider in determining a student's educational placement); and (6) the purposes of special education for LD students. Recurring themes in serving LD students in inclusive settings are identified in a concluding section, focusing on the enormous complexity of schooling, the critical role of teachers, the value of collaboration, and the need to expect resistance to change. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Resistance to Change, Student Needs, Student Placement, Teacher Role
Council for Exceptional Children, Publications, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($3).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Atlantic Regional Resource Center, Plantation, FL.; Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center.
Note: Based on the proceedings of Research on Classroom Ecologies: Implications for Inclusion of Children with Learning Disabilities Symposium (Bandera, TX, October 28-30, 1994).